Man held for assaulting girlfriend, hospital guard


LACONIA — City police arrested a Belmont man after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and a hospital security guard while she was in the emergency room waiting for medical attention in the late evening of Nov. 11.

Affidavits obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court said David Rhodes, 31, of 33 N. Brook Road in Belmont said police were called and found Rhodes struggling with several Lakes Region General Hospital security guards in the emergency room parking lot.

The guards told them that he tried to kick one of them after they tried to detain him for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend while she was in one of the examining rooms.

The female victim told police that she and Rhodes had been arguing earlier in her home on Gilford Avenue, and that he struck her in the face with his fist a few times and choked her until she lost consciousness. She said she was taken by Laconia ambulance crews to Lakes Region General Hospital.

While in the hospital, she said the argument began anew and Rhodes allegedly punched her in the face a few times and choked her again until she became dizzy.

Police said the woman's injuries included abrasions to her face, a swollen upper lip and a discolored nose. She needed stitches to close an approximately 1-inch cut on her left upper lip, and had blood stains on her clothing.

Rhodes refused bail and entered a not guilty plea in court on Monday. He was ordered held on $20,000 cash-only bail.

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State police nab second wrong-way driver on I-93


NEW HAMPTON — For the second time in less than two weeks, State Police have intercepted a wrong-way driver on Interstate 93.

Matthew Adlard, 21, of Gilmanton Iron Works has been charged with DWI, reckless conduct, and possession and transportation of a controlled drug.

On Sunday at 3:38 a.m., troopers assigned to Troop D Barracks in Concord were alerted that a motorist was traveling southbound in the northbound lane on I-93 in New Hampton. Trooper Christopher Martineau encountered the blue Hyundai Elantra Adlard was driving and stopped him.

Released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, Adlard is scheduled to be arraigned in Belknap County Superior Court on Dec. 1.

On Oct. 21, Trooper Martineau narrowly avoided a head-on collision with Michael Drake, 34, of Meredith, who was driving southbound in the northbound lane on I-93 between Canterbury and Penacook. In addition to a DWI subsequent offense charge, Drake is facing a felony count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.

He has pleaded not guilty, waived formal arraignment and is awaiting trial.

Anyone who may have any information regarding Adlard's activities preceding his arrest and encouraged to contact Trooper Martineau by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 603-223-8626.

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Colonial Theatre project nearing fundraising goal


LACONIA — With the end of the year fast approaching the Belknap Economic Development Council is putting together the final elements of the $14.6 million financial package to restore and renovate the Colonial Theatre.

Randy Eifert, president of the council, said Monday that the capital campaign to raise at least $2 million from private sources, including corporations, foundations and individuals, represents the outstanding piece of the puzzle. He said that $1.3 million, or 65 percent of the original goal, has been collected and that he expects to reach the goal, but hopes to top that target by raising at least another $700,000.

Eifert acknowledged that because some costs have exceeded initial estimates, the scope of the project may be trimmed to meet the budget. In particular, he said that plans to fit the auditorium with the projection equipment and sound system to show movies, at an estimated cost of nearly $200,000, will depend on the success of the capital campaign and generosity of private donors.

"We want to have a state-of-the-art, fully restored, multi-use facility," Eifert said, adding that the alternative could be to undertake portions of the project in phases.

The project will be financed with some $4.7 million in New Markets Tax Credits and $2.4 million in Historic Tax Credits, both federal programs providing tax credits to investors in return for their investment in civic projects. The New Hampshire Community Development Investment Program has contributed $520,000. Grants from the New Hampshire Community Development Block Program, the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program and the Brownfields Program administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency have yet to be awarded. The city has loaned the Belknap Economic Development $3 million for the project.

Eifert said that with all the other pieces falling into place, the focus is on meeting or exceeding the $2 million goal of the campaign.

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